Oosthuizen turns the tables on Watson

From The European Tour

World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play - Round ThreeLouis Oosthuizen gained a modicum of revenge over Bubba Watson as the South African set up a last-16 showdown with Rickie Fowler at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play.

Watson beat Oosthuizen in a play-off to claim the first of his Masters victories in 2012, but it was the 2010 Open champion who came out on top on the 19th hole today to progress in San Francisco.

Two up at the turn, a hat-trick of gains from world number four Watson between the 12th and 14th saw Oosthuizen fall one down, but he squared the contest on the 16th and – after both players missed chances to win on 18 – holed a crucial putt at the first extra hole.

“It was a good match; both of us couldn’t really get the ball in the hole in the middle of the round,” said Oosthuizen, who beat Keegan Bradley and Miguel Angel Jiménez over the first two days.

“Overall I played nicely and only made one bogey so I’m happy going forward.

“It will be tough again tomorrow – Rickie is a great player and he’s going to make a lot of birdies and come at me so I need to play well again.”

Also (from The European Tour):

Rory McIlroy produced some late heroics and Lee Westwood claimed the notable scalp of Masters champion Jordan Spieth as seven European Tour Members reached the last 16.

Justin Rose bowed out despite beating Ryan Palmer to claim his second consecutive victory, first-day conqueror Marc Leishman rendering the former US Open champion’s result meaningless by beating India’s Anirban Lahiri on the 18th to advance with a perfect 3-0 record.

Leishman will face Gary Woodland next after Woodland defeated Webb Simpson on the 18th.

Former champion Hunter Mahan also advanced to the knockout stages with his third win, the American defeating compatriot Matt Kuchar 5 and 4 in Group 14.

Mahan will face Australian John Senden on Saturday morning, Senden and Fowler having already booked their places in the last 16 with a game to spare thanks to victories on the opening two days against the two players who could possibly match their overall record.

Head-to-head results would decide the group winner in the event of two players finishing tied, with the only play-off seeing Branden Grace defeat Zach Johnson and Charley Hoffman with a birdie at the third extra hole to set up a last-16 clash with England’s Tommy Fleetwood.

Fleetwood defeated Bernd Wiesberger on the 19th and advanced courtesy of his better head-to-head record with Jamie Donaldson, who had beaten Sergio Garcia.

Elsewhere, Paul Casey had recovered from four down with nine to play to beat Francesco Molinari and set up a meeting with former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, with Jim Furyk winning Group 5 after beating Martin Kaymer on the 20th hole.

Furyk will take on JB Holmes on Saturday after Holmes defeated Brooks Koepka and Russell Henley defeated Scotland’s Marc Warren.

 

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